Ambassador Spotlight: Jared Goetz

Jared outside the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Are you considering WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine? Our student ambassadors are available to provide insight into our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

First-year veterinary student Jared Goetz is living his dream in the DVM program at WSU.

“When I was in the first grade, my uncle’s fiancé was a veterinary student here and gave me a tour of the college and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital,” he remembers. “I distinctly remember this memory and falling in love with WSU at that specific moment, and I decided that is where I wanted to attend vet school.”

Jared, who completed his undergraduate studies at WSU and is primarily interested in large animal medicine, said the DVM program has not disappointed.

“My passion for this program has only strengthened as I have learned more and more about it,” he said. “Being one of the best veterinary programs in the U.S., it is a very distinguished program and one that has and is at the center for cutting-edge research, teaching practices, and innovation within the veterinary field.”

He said WSU’s DVM program stands out for being a non-tracking program and creating well-rounded individuals who have strong communication skills, perform medicine well, and are great innovators in the industry. 

“What makes WSU’s program so special and unique is that it emphasizes creating well-rounded veterinarians,” he said. “WSU knows that the veterinary field is vast and does not consist of ‘just dealing with animals’ and provides resources in their classes, lectures, simulation labs, and other resources to make their students step out of their comfort zones and grow in many different areas rather than just veterinary medicine.”

He also noted that while it may initially seem like Pullman is a boring farm town in the middle of nowhere, things couldn’t be further from the truth. “There are so many things to do outside of vet school with people of all sorts of interests. If you are into working out or playing sports, WSU has an amazing UREC program that can connect you to people of similar interests with Intramural sports or fitness classes. If you are into hiking or mountain biking, Moscow Mountain has plenty of trails, hikes, and slow walks for the avid outdoors person. If you are into snow sports, only two and a half hours away is Lookout Pass. If you are someone who likes great food, between Moscow and Pullman, there are plenty of high-rated restaurants, bars, and pubs that all support unique nightlife to appeal to many different people’s tastes.”